Report on March Summer Festival 2007

Report from the Fenland Citizen Wednesday June 13 2007, written by Sarah Cliss

Thousands of people packed March at the weekend for the annual summer festival.

Brilliant sunshine attracted huge crowds for Saturday’s parade which mainly consisted of walkers rather than the usual array of floats because of European legislation.

Chief organiser Bernard Keane was absolutely delighted with the success of the event and said: “The park was so packed on Saturday afternoon it was difficult to walk across it. It was fantastic. We are delighted with how many people bothered to turn up.”

The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with rock and pop in the park with an array of local bands playing to an audience of hundreds.

Saturday started with a care boot sale, followed by the annual Lions’ Gala in West End, and then there was the parade through the town centre, which finished in City Road.

Afternoon events included the ever popular dance show by Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania, a fancy dress competition, the Pig Dyke Molly Dancers, and again music from various local bands including the Wississippi Jazz Band and Storey.

Sunday the park was filled with picnicking families who turned out to listen to the jazz music provided by Ivan Garford Jazz, this was followed by March Brass and Matty and Tom Unplugged. The weekend ended with a performance from the Alan Norris Big Band.

Collections were made throughout the weekend and Mr Keane, chairman of the Summer Festival Committee, is hoping they will help the event to break even.

“We had a bucket collection during the parade and people made donations over the weekend. We were heading towards being in the red but hopefully the collection will help us break even,” said Mr Keane.